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BORGATA, OCEAN CASINO “EXECUTIVE POACHING” LAWSUIT HEATS UP BY NJ ONLINE GAMBLING'S JOHN BRENNAN

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What began as a relatively straightforward lawsuit over whether Ocean Casino illegally hired away a half-dozen executives from rival Atlantic City casino Borgata has grown more complicated.

For example, on Monday, Ocean’s attorneys asked a federal judge in Nevada to ignore a reprise of a request by their Borgata counterparts to have sanctions — including disqualification from the case — imposed on Ocean due to alleged improper communications with a Borgata executive.

And for the past week, a series of filings have shown that the two sides have been unable to work out a schedule to allow each side to perform “discovery” of possible pertinent evidence.

The lawsuit, filed by Borgata on Aug. 27, specifically names William Callahan and Kelly Ashman Burke among former high-ranking Borgata employees who were hired away by Ocean earlier this year.

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